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The Fire of His Love (2 of 3)
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all, ''I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
What does fire do? It burns. It destroys. It purifies. It separates the pure from the impure.
We are going to look at that portion of the Passion story right after Jesus was arrested and what happened with Peter.
Luke 22:47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, ''Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'' 49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, ''Lord, shall we strike with the sword?'' 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, ''Permit even this.'' And He touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, ''Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.'' 54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance. 55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, ''This man was also with Him.'' 57 But he denied Him, saying, ''Woman, I do not know Him.'' 58 And after a little while another saw him and said, ''You also are of them.'' But Peter said, ''Man, I am not!'' 59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, ''Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a G ...
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